The initiative is raising money to bail out as many black women as possible in time for a Mother’s Day celebration with their families. The bailouts are scheduled to happen Thursday and Friday, with a Mother’s Day event . It’s not known exactly how many women will be bailed out in Atlanta, although it could be more than 30.
During the 1980s and early 1990s, the nation was heavily involved in the war on drugs, which took a heavy toll on the black community and women. “Unlike violent offenses which primarily involved men, drug crimes were more likely to involve women as well,” said Marc Mauer, executive director of The Sentencing Project.
In terms of race, black women are twice as likely as white women to be incarcerated,” he said. “In part because of differential processing in the criminal justice system. Because low-income women — of any race — have less access …
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